Prospect Rankings

At MMA-Prospects.com, we aim to provide information to fans of Mixed Martial Arts about the next generation of fighters. In addition to our in-depth profiles, exclusive interviews, and event coverage, we are proud to launch our first-ever global Prospect Rankings, seen below.

The criteria for inclusion on this list is as follows:

  1. No fighters who have competed with the UFC are eligible for the Prospect Rankings, but athletes who have competed on The Ultimate Fighter or Dana White’s Contender Series may be eligible.
  2. If a fighter is competing for a major organization (Bellator, PFL, ONE, ACA, or KSW), that fighter must either be 25 or less years old or have fewer than 10 professional fights to be eligible for the Prospect Rankings.
  3. If a fighter is not competing for a major organization (Bellator, PFL, ONE, ACA, or KSW) that fighter must either be 30 or less years old or have fewer than 15 professional fights to be eligible for the Prospect Rankings.

    The MMA-Prospects team recognizes that, as with all rankings, there is an element of subjectivity in all aspects of these Prospect Rankings. Even defining what makes a “prospect” or a “major organization” in MMA is a variable process.

However, we strive to do our best to be receptive to feedback, especially with these initial rankings. Going forward, rankings will be updated on a weekly basis to take into account fight results for prospects both on and off of the current Prospect Rankings.

These rankings are maintained by James Colwell. Most recent update: 10/12/2021

Heavyweight Prospect Rankings

FighterNationalityRecordAgePromotionLast Fight
1. Ali IsaevRussian9-037PFLR4 KO W, Jared Rosholt (20-8)
2. Steve MowryAmerican9-029BellatorR1 KO W, Shaun Asher (13-4-1)
3. Kirill KornilovRussian10-0-130RCCR1 KO W, Roggers Souza (10-3)
4. Oleg PopovRussian13-129Blacksmith FCR3 SUB W, Marcos Brigagão (14-2)

5. Ji Won Kang

South Korean 5-025

ONE Championship

R1 KO W, Amir Aliakbari (10-2)
6. Hugo CunhaBrazilian6-028Open FCR1 SUB W, Oleg Kubanov (6-4)
7. Rizvan Kuniev Russian11-2-128Contender SeriesR3 KO W, Edivan Santos (12-2)
8.Sergey Belostenniy Russian8-225Open FCR1 KO W, Roggers Souza (10-4)
9. Anton VyaziginRussian15-427 RCCDEC L, Evgeny Goncharov (15-3)
10. Said SowmaAmerican7-228BellatorR1 KO W, Ronny Markes (19-8)
11. Mohammed UsmanNigerian7-232PFLR2 SUB L, Brandon Sayles (6-2)
12. Alexandr MaslovRussian 8-128Open FCDEC W, Vinicius Moreira (10-5)
13. Davion FranklinAmerican4-027BellatorR1 KO W, Everett Cummings (11-0)
14. Thomas PetersenAmerican5-025LFAR1 KO W, Vernon Lewis (8-4)
15. Adam PałaszPolish6-130ACAR2 KO W, Oļegs Jemeļjanovs (10-2)

Light Heavyweight Prospect Rankings

FighterNationalityRecordAgePromotionLast Fight
1. Timo FeuchtGerman8-125 OktagonR1 KO W, Jeremy Kimball (17-8)
2. Anton TurkaljSwedish7-025Brave CFR1 KO W, Konstantin Kolev (5-1)
3. Kenneth BerghNorwegian8-032Superior ChallengeR1 KO W, David Marcina (14-19)
4. Simon BiyongCameroonian7-230BellatorDEC L, Christian Edwards (7-2)
5. Antonio TrócoliBrazilian11-330Contender SeriesNC, Kenneth Bergh (6-0)
6. Josh SilveiraAmerican6-028LFAR1 KO W, Tee Cummins (4-0)
7. Grant NealAmerican6-125BellatorDEC L, Alex Polizzi (8-1)
8. Murtaza AliBahraini3-024Brave CFR1 KO W, Cameron Meintjies (6-1)
9. Ben ParrishAmerican5-1?BellatorR1 KO W, Christian Edwards (5-0)
10. Vitor PetrinoBrazilian6-024UAE WarriorsR2 KO W, Gadzhimurad Antigulov (20-8)
11. Laurynas UrbonaviciusLithuanian13-133Ares FCDEC W, Ildemar Alcântara (26-13)
12. Christian EdwardsAmerican5-122BellatorR1 KO L, Ben Parrish (4-1)
13. Mikhail RagozinRussian17-529RCCDEC L, Wagner Prado (15-5-1)
14. Jamal PoguesAmerican8-325LFADEC W, Tim Hiley (7-2)
15. Ty FloresAmerican8-327Fury FCR3 KO W, Larry Crowe (10-7)

Middleweight Prospect Rankings

FighterNationalityRecordAgePromotionLast Fight
1. Johnny EblenAmerican9-029BellatorDEC W, Travis Davis (10-4)
2. Ibragim MagomedovRussian7-225ACA DQ L (knee to grounded opponent), Bartosz Leśko (10-1-2)
3. Dalton Rosta American5-025Bellator DEC W, Tony Johnson (9-2)
4. Raimond MagomedalievRussian8-131ONE ChampionshipDEC W, Tyler McGuire (12-1)
5. Christian Leroy DuncanEnglish4-026Cage WarriorsDEC W, Will Currie (5-1)
6. Kerim EngizekTurkish16-430GMCR1 SUB, Milanko Puranovic (4-6)
7. Caio BorralhoBrazilian9-128Contender SeriesDEC W, Aaron Jeffery (10-2)
8. Collin Huckbody American10-326Art of ScrapDEC W, Nick Kraus (11-5)
9. Murad RamazanovRussian10-025ONE ChampionshipDEC W, Hiroyuki Tetsuka (9-3)
10. Gadjimurad AbdulaevRussian6-024ONE ChampionshipR1 SUB W, Zebaztian Kadestami (12-5)
11. Norbert Novenyi Jr.Hungarian5-021BellatorR1 SUB W, Laïd Zerhouni (7-5)
12. Ayub GimbatovRussian10-131Rebel FCR1 SUB W, Steven Kennedy (27-10)
13. Aaron JefferyCanadian10-328Contender SeriesDEC L, Caio Borralho (8-1)
14. Romero CottonAmerican5-031Bellator R1 SUB W, Justin Sumter (7-3)
15. Azamat BekoevRussian12-325ACAR3 SUB L, Rafał Haratyk (14-4-2)

Welterweight Prospect Rankings

FighterNationalityRecordAgePromotionLast Fight
1. Eldar EldarovBahraini13-230Brave CFR1 KO W, Leonardo Mafra (15-5)
2. Yusuf Raisov Russian18-226AMC GlobalR2 KO W, Alexey Makhno (25-8)
3. Christian LeeAmerican15-423ONE ChampionshipDEC L, Rae Yoon Ok (15-3
4. Iuri LapicusMoldovan14-125ONE ChampionshipNC, Eddie Alvarez (30-7)
5. Eduard VartanyanRussian23-430Open FCR1 Dr. stoppage W, Raimundo Batista (15-2)
6. Ramazan Kuramagomedov Russian9-024UAE WarriorsR2 SUB W, Matias Juarez (12-3-1)
7. Joey DavisAmerican8-027BellatorDEC W, Bobby Lee (12-4)
8. Abdoul AbdouraguimovFrench12-126Brave CFR1 SUB W, Louis Glismann (11-1)
9. Jarrah Hussein Al-SilawiJordanian16-328Brave CFR2 KO W, Ismail Naurdiev (20-4)
10. Nariman AbbasovAzerbaijani27-327AMC GlobalR1 KO W, Shamil Zavurov (40-6-1)
11. Saygid IzagakhmaevRussian19-227Eagle FCR2 SUB W, Maxim Butorin (20-3-1)
12. Ross HoustonScottish8-130BellatorDEC L, Michael Page (17-1)
13. Kamal MagomedovRussian8-030Titan FCR1 SUB W, Ítalo da Silva Gonçalves (5-3)
14. Benoit Saint-Denis French8-025 Brave CFR1 SUB W, Arkaitz Ramos (6-2)
15. Justin BurlinsonEnglish6-024Cage WarriorsR2 KO W, David Bear (9-1)

Lightweight Prospect Rankings

FighterNationalityRecordAgePromotionLast Fight
1. Roberto de SouzaBrazilian12-131RIZINR1 SUB W, Tofiq Musayev (18-3)
2. Garry TononAmerican6-030ONE ChampionshipDEC W, Koyomi Matsushima (12-4)
3. Mansour BarnaouiFrench 19-428Road FCR1 SUB W, A Sol Kwon (21-10)
4. Mateusz RębeckiPolish13-128Fight Exclusive NightR1 KO W, Jose Barrios Vargas (11-1)
5. Koji TakedaJapanese12-125RIZINDEC W, Takasuke Kume (24-6-3)
6. JJ OkanovichBosnian8-230Fury FCDEC W, Anthony Romero (9-0)
7. Anthony RomeroCanadian9-124Fury FCDEC L, JJ Okanovich (7-2)
8. Abdysalam Uulu KubanychievKyrgyzstani18-327Brave CFR2 KO, Rolando Dy (14-9)
9. Jackson LoureiroBrazilian12-1-126Gladiator CFR1 SUB W, Amaurício Galvão (5-9)
10. Herbert BatistaBrazilian15-2-130Taura MMADEC W, Lúcio Abreu (9-6)
11. Kirill GorobetsUkrainian11-127WWFCDEC W, Aleksandr Gorshechnik (14-4)
12. Mukhamed EminovRussian17-124AMC GlobalDEC W, Maxim Pugachev (11-7-1)
13. Ismael BonfimBrazilian16-325LFADEC W, Rangel de Sá (10-1)
14. Mehdi DakaevRussian13-226Eagle FCDEC W, Uzair Abdurakov (13-0-1)
15. Aviv GozaliIsraeli6-020BellatorR1 SUB W, Sean Felton (5-2-1)

Featherweight Prospect Rankings

FighterNationalityRecordAgePromotionLast Fight
1.Jay Jay Wilson New Zealander8-023BellatorR2 KO W, Pedro Carvalho (8-0)
2. Islam OmarovRussian10-024ACADEC W, Bibert Tumenov (10-1)
3. Timur KhizrievRussian11-025AMC GlobalR1 SUB W, Ruslan Ryskul (6-1)
4. Salahdine ParnasseFrench15-1-123KSWR2 SUB W, Filip Pejic (15-4-2)
5. Andrey GoncharovRussian15-324ACAR2 KO W, Adlan Bataev (12-3)
6. Jason Soares American 14-0 31

Titan FC

R2 SUB W, Andrew Whitney (16-7)

7. Jornel LugoAmerican7-025BellatorR1 SUB W, Keith Lee (7-4)
8. Jordan VucenicEnglish8-125Cage WarriorsDEC W, Morgan Charriere (16-7-1)
9. Bibert TumenovRussian10-224ACADEC L, Islam Omarov (9-0)
10. Fabricio de AndradeBrazilian5-223ONE ChampionshipDEC W, Shoko Sato (31-13-2)
11. Askhab ZulaevRussian8-123ACADEC L, Ramazan Kishev (16-3)
12. Paul HughesIrish8-123Cage WarriorsDEC W, Morgan Charriere (16-8-1)
13. Lucas BrennanAmerican5-021BellatorR1 SUB W, Matthew Skibicki (4-3)
14. Evgeniy IgnatievRussian17-2-226RCCR2 KO W, Rudney Carvalho (8-1)
15. Fabacary DiattaFrench8-024BellatorDEC W, Nathan Rose (7-3)

Bantamweight Prospect Rankings

FighterNationalityRecordAgePromotionLast Fight
1. Kai AsakuraJapanese18-327RIZINDEC W, Alan Yoshihiro Yamaniha (18-8-4)
2. Jack Cartwright English10-027Cage Warriors DQ W, Sylwester Miller (9-3) 
3. Levi MowlesAmerican15-426Fury FCR1 SUB W, Teruto Ishihara (10-8-1)
4. Herbeth SouzaBrazilian15-127CFFCDEC W, Alexander Keshtov (9-0)
5. Khusein AskhabovRussian23-026WWFCR1 KO W, Yusup Hadi Visingiel (3-0)
6. Vinicius de Oliveira Brazilian16-225UAE Warriors R2 KO, Xavier Alaoui (12-3)
7. Khuseyn ShaykhaevRussian11-024ACADEC W, Carlos Eduardo (12-3-1)
8. Denis LavrentyevRussian11-232RCCDEC W, Rafael Dias (16-6-1)
9. Justin WetzellAmerican7-129LFAR2 KO W, Askar Askar (11-1)
10. Mo MillerAmerican6-029Contender SeriesDEC W, Brandon Lewis (5-0)
11. Khaseyn ShaykhaevRussian6-024ACADEC W, Cleverson Silva (14-4)
12. Kenta TakizawaJapanese13-726RIZINR1 KO W, Yuki Motoya (28-9)
13. Jakub WikłaczPolish12-3-125KSWR1 SUB W, Antun Račić (25-9-1)
14. Marcos BrenoBrazilian14-223LFAR1 KO W, Ary Farias (10-2)
15. Kevin CorderoSpanish12-221Combate GlobalR1 SUB W, Ricky Bandejas (14-5)

Flyweight Prospect Rankings

FighterNationalityRecordAgePromotionLast Fight
1. Joshua PacioFilipino20-325ONE ChampionshipR1 KO W, Yosuke Saruta (21-9-3)
2. Murad MagomedovRussian11-025ACADEC W, Goga Shamatava (15-7)
3. Jake HadleyEnglish7-024Cage WarriorsDEC W, Luke Shanks (7-1)
4. Muhammad MokaevEnglish5-021Brave CFR2 SUB W, Blaine O’Driscoll (9-4)
5. Velimurad Alkhasov Russian8-130Brave CFDEC W, Zach Makovsky (21-9)
6. Asu AlmabaevKazakhstani13-227Brave CFR2 SUB W, Aleksander Doskalchuk (10-2)
7. Bokang MasunyaneSouth African8-027ONE Championship R1 KO W, Rene Catalan (6-3)
8. Hiroba MinowaJapanese 13-222ONE ChampionshipDEC W, Alex Silva (9-5)
9. Bidzina GavasheshviliGeorgian8-223ACA DEC W, Mikael Silander (20-7)
10. Imran Bukuev  Russian12-225ACAR1 SUB W, Artem Kyrychenko (0-0)
11. Phumi NkutaAmerican4-026CFFCR4 TKO W, Miguel Junior Diaz (3-1)
12. Tatsuki SaomotoJapanese16-224RIZINDEC W, Daichi Kitakata (20-9-1)
13. Aleksander DoskalchukUkrainian10-331Brave CFR2 SUB L, Asu Almabaev (12-2)
14. Rafael RamosBrazilian10-0?LFAR2 KO W, Filipe Esteves (7-0)
15. Mansur MalachievRussian10-029Eagle FCR1 SUB W, Rashid Vagabov (8-1)